Yale Center for Teaching and Learning

Neurodiversity FAQ

Neurodiversity at Yale
Frequently Asked Questions

I have some concerns about how I learn. What services can the Academic Strategies Program offer me?
You can go to a worshop, meet with a peer mentor, or meet with an Academic Strategies staff member to develop a leaning plan.

Who do you work with?
We work with all Yale undergraduates! Students present with a wide variety of concerns, from organizational and time management issues to more specific reading, writing, visual or auditory challenges. You may be working with a physical challenge, a learning difference, or a temporary difficulty resulting from an injury. You may be seeking to understand differences that are not formally diagnosed, or you may be arriving at Yale with prior testing and a formal diagnosis. In any and all of these cases, our group is here to identify learning strategies to empower your overall learning. 

I had accommodations in high school. How do I reactivate them on campus?
For undergraduates who have prior paperwork and formal accommodations, the first step is to contact Student Accessibility Services. Find out everything you need to get started here

I’m worried that my work is not as strong because of underlying learning difficulties that are not formally diagnosed. What should I do?
It is not uncommon for difficulties to emerge for students in their first year at Yale, or as they enter increasingly challenging courses. The coping strategies that you used in the past may no longer be sufficient in handling the reading load or organizational demands of your course load. If the online resources or workshops don’t speak to your concerns, you can schedule an appointment with either Karin Gosselink or Sarah Cussler to develop an academic plan, or schedule an appointment to talk through potential accommodations with Student Accessibility Services (SAS). 

I am concerned that some course materials are not accessible. What should I do?
Given increasing interest in assistive technology, accessible materials online are all the more important. If you have formal documentation and accessibility concerns, reach out directly to SAS. If you do not have formal accommodations but come across course materials that are not accessible, contact the Poorvu Center’s Digital Accessibility Specialist, Michelle Morgan

I’d like to reach out to students with disabilities on campus. Where can I contact them?
The student advocacy organization, DEFY, has increased the visibility of students with disabilities at Yale and helped focus the university-wide conversation on students’ needs. They have created a Disability Survival Guide for Yale students with disabilities available here. Join the conversation by attending an upcoming meeting. 

Why do students use our services or resources?
Students’ needs are as varied as their fingerprints, but common reasons for seeking additional support might include concerns about language learning, STEM classes, writing classes, anxiety, trouble following and keeping track of things in a lecture course, trouble with heavy reading loads, or trouble with managing time.

What assistive technology do you recommend?
Yale does not endorse any particular software or apps, but students have compiled a list of applications that they have found useful in their academic work. This Assistive Tech Index is being revised and will be uploaded in August 2020.